Kate Middleton- duchess, wife of a prince, well bred and of privileged background- have in many ways won the lottery of life so to speak, and if that wasn't enough, she's gddang beautiful too! She's known and loved for her grace and poise, mesmerizing smile, and impeccable sense of fashion, and of course for her ability to always look her best, and oh yeah, as of late, for sunbathing topless and being photographed while doing so (don't think less of me, I had to mention it).
Onto something more interesting; her favorite beauty product. I'll give you a hint, it's made by bees but it's not honey. That's right, it's venom! Apparently she has treatments done by London beautician Deborah Mitchell. Deborah specializes in a bee-venom treatment mask (which she produces and sells her self), and the Duchess is said to be one of her loyal customers, both at the clinic (named 'Heaven', how appropriate) and as a user of the bee-venom face mask at home.
Bee venom, long used in ancient medicine, is being touted as a "natural Botox" that stimulates the body's production of collagen and elastin to smooth, lift and tighten skin. The venom also contains a compound called melittin, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Dermatologist dr. Graf, says melittin, has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and can boost the immune system. Since the venom is anaphylactic, it temporarily relaxes the facial muscles, breaking down cell membranes and improving circulation—all of which can theoretically contribute to a tighter complexion.
Studies are still being carried out to determine whether bee venom actually has a good effect on the skin ailments or not. However, products like honey and royal jelly have definitely been found to have a good and soothing effect on the skin, and often the bee-venom is found in conjunction with these ingredients.
There's a lack of skin- related research on this topic, but there's vast information pointing to bee-venom's anti-inflammatory properties, which is always beneficial in regards to protection, and prevention of skin disease and aging. And, because of it's effect on the ion channels on our cells (mainly Calcium channels and Sodium/Potassium channels), might induce a certain "plumping" effect that will erase lines and depressions, such as acne scars. I will assume the effect to be a temporary one though, and because of the lack of research on this exciting skin-care ingredient, it's hard to predict the long term skin effects of the venom.
Kate seems to love it, and so does her mother-in-law, Camilla (rumored to be the one to introduce Kate to the treatment in the first place). I'm thinking, there must be a reason for the popularity of Deborah's treatments, and if it's good enough for the royals, who can afford only the best, that would mean it works, somehow, right?
If you're interested in trying a bee-venom mask, perhaps for those special times when your face needs a little extra oomph, this £47.48 from amazon Manuka and Bee Venom Rejuvenating Face Mask is a good option to Deborah's £145 jar of black label bee-venom mask.
WARNING! DO NOT USE A BEE-VENOM CONTAINING PRODUCT IF YOU SUFFER FROM BEE-STING ALLERGIES!